This site has the tag , which is currently tagged on 17 questions and is very ambiguous. By my count, the questions are about the following:

  • Amnesia/Memory loss, 4
    • Specific memory removal, 2
  • Memory charm (Harry Potter), 3
  • Reliving a memory, 3
  • Memory transfer from one individual to another, 2
  • Memory recording, 1
  • Recalling a lost memory, 1
  • Eidetic memory, 1

Some of these are about the general concept of remembering something (e.g. eidetic memory), others are about a recollection of an event and what you do with it, and others are about a spell.

One of the main points in Jeff Atwood's guidelines for good tags is that a tag should have a clear, unambiguous definition and mean the same thing in all contexts. The fact that this tag has been used for eight different contexts indicates that it does not meet this criteria. Additionally, it can't stand on its own, so it's likely a meta tag.

Given this ambiguity, should go down the memory hole (i.e. burninate it)?

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    Note: if the consensus is to burninate this tag, it can be got rid of with a maximum of seven questions edited (edit it out of all the non-story-ID questions, then silently merge the tag into story-identification).
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Oct 11, 2016 at 20:04
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    I don't see any reason to keep memory. Oct 11, 2016 at 20:22
  • Consensus seem clear, so will somebody please kill it? I'm not sure at which arbitrary point we're supposed to take action, but I know 2 things: 1) Successful tag changes have happened with less support 2) When I decide to do it before someone else gives the go ahead, people are not happy with me.
    – user31178
    Oct 13, 2016 at 22:52
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    @CreationEdge Presumably someone with the ability to silently merge the tag, as Rand al'Thor suggested, should do it. Oct 13, 2016 at 22:54
  • That's only necessary for the story id ones, mentioned. There's no reason the rest of the work needs be done by a moderator.
    – user31178
    Oct 13, 2016 at 23:12
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    @CreationEdge Fair enough. I've removed it from all questions not also tagged with [story-identification]. There's 10 of them left (four were changed); not sure where Rand al'Thor got the number seven. Oct 13, 2016 at 23:18
  • @Thunderforge Seven was the original number of questions tagged memory but not story-identification. I retagged three of them and you got the last four. And just now I did the final merge, so this is now status-completed.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Oct 13, 2016 at 23:27

1 Answer 1


πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘, πŸ”₯

Kill it with fire

Let it burn, let it burn
That stupid tag is gone
Here I stand
In the light of flaaaame
Let the tag burn ooooooooon

The tag never helped me anyway

  • Your reasoning is impeccable.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Oct 12, 2016 at 13:05
  • @Rand Pictures are worth 1000 words, especially when animated and we've already hashed out the words over and over. :D
    – user31178
    Oct 12, 2016 at 22:03
  • One user flagged this as NaA, and presumably that's where the lone downvote comes from too.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Oct 12, 2016 at 22:08
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    This answer doesn’t have enough flamethrowers in it.
    – Molag Bal
    Oct 13, 2016 at 3:22
  • @amaranth Unfortunately true. Flamethrowers are like cow bells.
    – user31178
    Oct 13, 2016 at 3:24
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    I'm flagging it as NaA as well, sorry. I happen to agree the tag is worthless and should be removed, but animated GIFs are not a way to argue the point, on meta or otherwise. Oct 13, 2016 at 13:13

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